Waterloo Superintendent's Message

            Hello to All in the Waterloo Community!

We have had an excellent start to the school year! As September slips into October, you can feel the weather cooling and the leaves changing color. Students are focused on completing projects, reading books, and studying math problems. It feels great to have everyone back in their classrooms.

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I am entering my third year as superintendent at Waterloo. Many times, I get the question: What exactly does a superintendent do?

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a school district is the school superintendent. The superintendent is essentially the face of the district. They are most responsible for the successes of a district and most assuredly responsible when there are failures. The role of a school superintendent is broad and sometimes the decisions made can also be especially difficult and taxing.

Much of what a superintendent does involves working directly with others.  School superintendents must be effective leaders who work well with other people and understand the value of building relationships.  A superintendent must be adept at establishing working relationships with many interest groups inside the school and within the community itself to maximize the school’s effectiveness. Building a strong rapport with the constituents in the district makes fulfilling the required roles of a school superintendent a little easier. Without question, I love this job for many reasons. Being a superintendent is very rewarding and I am lucky, and thankful, and humbled to be yours. I am excited to start the new school year and I can’t wait to see everyone!

Enjoy the rest of the school year!

Shawn Braman

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